Is That Switchblade Legal? Knife Laws by Region and State (West)

Is that Switchblade Legal? Know your State's Knife Laws. The West Region of the U.S,

 

Alaska Knife Laws

What is Legal/Illegal in Alaska

  • Pocket knives are legal.
  • Balisongs are in a legal gray area.
  • Stilettos and dirks are in a legal gray area.
  • Out the front knives are in a legal gray area.
  • Bowie knives are in a legal gray area.
  • Large knives are in a legal gray area.
  • Gravity knives are illegal.
  • Switchblades are illegal.

Above is a brief review of Alaska knife law. The law specifically states that pocketknives are legal to both own and conceal carry. It also states that gravity knives and switchblades are illegal to own. Other types of knives are not outright banned, but may fall under the “deadly weapons” or “dangerous instrument” category. Alaska’s definition of a deadly weapon is a bit vague and depends a lot on court precedence as well as how crafty your lawyer is. For instance in Liddicoat v. State, the Court held that a steak knife was a deadly weapon. It’s definition of a dangerous instrument is not much clearer, and much of the law rests on Court decisions, not the statutes.

Arizona Knife Laws

What is Legal/Illegal in Arizona

  • Pocket knives are legal.
  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, Bowie knives, and stilettos are legal.
  • Knives of any length are legal.
  • It is legal for anyone over 21 to carry knives concealed.
  • It is illegal to not inform a police officer when they stop you that you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife.
  • It is illegal for someone under 21 years of age to carry a non-pocket knife concealed.
  • It is illegal to bring a knife into schools.

Outside of what is listed above, it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already illegal. What this means is that it is illegal to rob a bank with a knife and you will be penalized more severely than if you robbed a bank without a weapon.

California Knife Laws

Legal Knives in California

  • Bowie knives are legal.
  • Large knives are legal (no restrictions in size).
  • Carrying knives in the open is legal in California.
  • Carrying knives concealed is legal in California for most knives.

Illegal Knives under California Knife Law

  • Misleading knives are illegal. These include: cane knives (and shobi-zues), lipstick knives, belt knives, pen knives, air gauge knives, and pen knives.
  • All undetectable knives are illegal. These include knives that won’t set off metal detectors.
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are illegal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.

What the law is trying to get at are knives usually used by criminals to commit crimes. These are knives that don’t look like knives or don’t have a use as a tool. For example, you can’t do much with a dagger besides stab things.

Colorado Knife Laws

These knives are legal to own:

  • Dirks, daggers, push knives and stilettos are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large blades are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, pen knives, cane knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Balisong/buterfly knives are in a legal gray area.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Gravity knives and switchblades are illegal.

These knives are illegal to carry concealed:

  • All knives less than 3.5 inches are legal.
  • All fishing and hunting knives of any length are legal.
  • All knives over 3.5 inches are illegal.

Hawaii Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own Bowie knives and other large knives.
  • It is legal to own throwing stars and throwing knives.
  • It is legal to own disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and push knives.
  • It is legal to own undetectable knives (knives that won’t set off metal detectors).
  • It is legal to own dirks, daggers, and stilettos.
  • It is illegal to own balisong knives.
  • It is illegal to own switchblades

Only balisongs and switchblades are banned in Hawaii. Any other type of knife is legal.

Limits on Carry

  • You can open carry any knife.
  • You can not conceal carry dirks, daggers and knives similar to that.
  • You can not conceal carry knives with knuckles like some WWI trench knives.
  • You can conceal any other type of knife.

Idaho Knife Laws

No Knife Ban

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, and other quick release knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, cane knives, and key knives are legal.
  • Spring assisted ballistic knives are legal.
  • Pocket knives of any size are legal.

Age Restrictions on Possession

  • Need parental consent to possess a bowie or dirk if under 18.
  • Can not possess a bowie or dirk if under 12 unless your parents are with you.

There is no ban on the possession of any type of knife in Idaho. You can buy and own any knife you want. However, taking it outside of the house is a different situation…

Limits on Carry

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is illegal to bring any knife (open or concealed) besides a 2.5″ pocket knife to school.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any dirk, bowie, or dangerous weapon.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a knife, even if you have a permit, when intoxicated

Montana Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other push knife
  • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • It is legal to own a Bowie knife, or other large knife
  • It is legal to own throwing knives or throwing stars
  • It is legal to own disguised knives such as cane knives and lipstick knives

What is Illegal to Own

A switchblade knife is illegal to own in Montana unless you are a collector who is registered with the Sheriff in the county where your collection is kept.

Limits on Carry

  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any knife with a blade four inches long, or longer
  • It is illegal to possess or carry any knife with a four inch blade or longer in a school building
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any weapon while intoxicated
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a weapon into a government office, bank or financial institution, or a place that sells alcohol for onsite consumption
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any “deadly weapon”
  • It is legal to open carry any knife that is legal to own in Montana
  • It is legal to carry any knife that is legal to own in your vehicle, concealed or openly

Nevada Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
  • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • It is legal to own Bowie and other hunting knives
  • It is legal to own throwing knives and throwing stars

What is Illegal to Own

  • any knife which is made an integral part of a belt buckle
  • switchblade knives

Restrictions on Carry

  • It is illegal to possess or carry a dirk, dagger, or switchblade on school or childcare facility property or in a vehicle owned by a school or childcare facility
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a machete
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any knife which is made an integral part of a belt buckle
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any knife which could be considered a dangerous or deadly weapon
  • It is legal to conceal carry a pocketknife
  • It is legal to open carry any knife that is legal to own

New Mexico Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own a Bowie knife
  • It is legal to own throwing stars or knives
  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
  • It is legal to own a stiletto

What is Illegal to Own

  • It is illegal to own a switchblade
  • It is illegal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife

Oregon Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
  • It is legal to own a Bowie knife
  • It is legal to own a switchblade or other automatic knife
  • It is legal to own a ballistic knife
  • It is legal to own a gravity knife
  • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife and Balisong trainer
  • It is legal to own a stiletto

What is Illegal to Own

Oregon law does not restrict the ownership of any type of knife for those who have not been convicted of a felony. As a matter of fact, in 1984 in State v. Delgado, the Supreme Court of Oregon found that former Oregon statute § 166.510(1) was unconstitutional because it prohibited the mere possession and mere carrying of a weapon. The Court believed that restricting the possession and open carrying of weapons for non-felons was a violation of a person’s right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

Utah Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
  • It is legal to own a stiletto
  • It is legal to own a bowie knife
  • It is legal to own an automatic or gravity knife
  • It is legal to own a disguised knife, such as a lipstick or belt buckle

What is Illegal to Own

Utah law creates two categories of people who may not own certain weapons, defined as “dangerous weapons”.

A category I restricted person is someone who:

  • has been convicted of a violent felony under Utah Code Ann. § 76-3-203.5
  • is on probation or parole for any felony
  • is on parole from a facility is under contract with the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, that provides 24-hour supervision and confinement for youth offenders who have been committed to the division for custody and rehabilitation
  • has been adjudicated delinquent, within the last 10 years, for an offense that if committed by an adult would have been a violent felony under Utah Code Ann. § 76-3-203.5
  • is illegally or unlawfully in the United States

Washington Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
  • It is legal to own bowie knife
  • It is legal to own a stiletto
  • It is legal to own a disguised knife, such as a lipstick or belt buckle
  • It is legal to own throwing stars

What is Illegal to Own

It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington.

Restrictions on Carry

  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any dangerous weapon
  • It is illegal to open or conceal carry any weapon into a Courtroom

It is also illegal to carry or display a dagger, sword, knife, or other cutting or stabbing instrument in a manner or under circumstances that would cause alarm or show an intent to intimidate another. In 1994, in State v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Washington held that there must be a sufficient basis for the alarm, such that a reasonable person would be alarmed. Also in 1994, the Court held, in State v. Byrd, that because the display of a weapon in a manner that caused reasonable fear or alarm could be done without intent, a violation of the statute did not require intent. This means that one does not have to intend to cause alarm or fear in order to be guilty of a crime under the statute.

Wyoming Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own

  • It is legal to own a switchblade
  • It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • It is legal to own a bowie knife
  • It is legal to own a dirk, dagger, poniard, or other stabbing knife
  • It is legal to own a stiletto
  • It is legal to own a gravity knife

What is Illegal to Own

Wyoming law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

It is illegal to conceal carry a deadly weapon in Wyoming.

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